Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in positive spirits ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
And who can blame the 31-year-old?
After all the Gunners striker has enjoyed a rather successful international break, scoring and assisting in Gabon’s 3-0 win over DR Congo last week, a result that confirmed their place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Aubameyang reported back to training this week, sporting a new look, and appears to be relishing Saturday night’s big game against last season’s Premier League champions as both sides battle for a top-six finish to salvage their domestic seasons.
Ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium, Aubameyang as well as the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Willian, and seven wonderkids were put through their paces at Arsenal ‘s London Colney training base on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a normal session as one would expect, but there was a moment that January loan signing and back-up goalkeeper Mat Ryan will want to forget in a hurry.
As spotted in a behind-the-scenes of Arsenal’s training session video uploaded to the club’s YouTube page, the keeper can be seen being humiliated by Aubameyang’s outrageous piece of skill.
At around the 4.36-minute mark, the striker can be seen being forced wide by Ryan when clean through on goal, but produces a wonderful flick to guide the ball around the Australian stopper and into the next.
To make matters worse for Ryan, Aubameyang celebrated the goal by jumping up and down on the spot before smiling in the goalkeeper’s direction.
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Ryan has still made just the one Premier League appearance since arriving in the winter window on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
That number is unlikely to change unless Bernd Leno returns from international duty with Germany with an injury that rules him out of Saturday’s game against Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang is likely to be involved against the Reds as Arsenal look to avenge the 3-1 loss suffered in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.